Shauna Rohbock finishes second
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Shauna Rohbock knew these days were coming. Her mom and dad warned her.
Still recovering from a quadriceps injury she sustained two weeks ago at Calgary, Rohbock had to settle for her second runner-up finish of the season to German star Sandra Kiriasis in a makeup women's World Cup bobsled race on Friday at Mount Van Hoevenberg.
"It is tough as you get older. When I was a little bit younger, it was just keep going, get over it," said the 33-year-old Rohbock, of Orem, Utah, who plans to retire at season's end. "As you get older, you realize that, your parents were right. You don't recover as quick."
There was no recovering from the first run laid down by Kiriasis and brakewoman Berit Wiacker, whose time of 56.90 seconds eclipsed the track record of 56.94 set three years ago by Kiriasis. The Germans had the third-fastest start on each run and finished the two-heat race in 1 minute, 53.94 seconds to beat Rohbock and Valerie Fleming in USA1 by 0.37 seconds on a cloudy Adirondack Mountain afternoon with temperatures in the 20s.
"To be able to start seven-hundredths behind Sandra and be up there is pretty good," Rohbock said. "You usually can't start that far back. She'll probably beat you by a second. She didn't beat me by a second, but she still got me."
Rohbock and Fleming matched the Germans on the second run, finishing in 57.04 to take the silver and hold off Cathleen Martini and brakewoman Kristin Steinert of Germany. That left the top American team in third place overall in the World Cup standings, 37 points behind Martini and 80 back of Kiriasis.
"Even being injured, we're still hanging in there," said Fleming, who turns 34 on Saturday. "I feel bad for her [Rohbock] because I know there's the pressure of needing to do well. I understand the frustration. I was injured all last year. I'm just hoping all the time that she's going to stay healthy.
"At least what's good is we get through tomorrow, it's like four weeks before we'd have to compete again."
Bree Schaaf and brakewoman Emily Azevedo finished fifth in USA2, just over a second behind the winners, and Jazmine Fenlator and brakewoman Kristi Koplin were 11th in USA3 in their World Cup debut. The race was a makeup for last week's event in Park City, which was canceled because of blowing snow.
Schaaf and Azevedo were racing in a newly designed sled with a dash of pink and Susan G. Komen Foundation emblazoned on the front. Azevedo's mom, Wendy, is a breast cancer survivor.
"When it comes down, it looks amazing," Schaaf said. "To have that on our sled is kind of a tribute to her [Wendy Azevedo]. It's pretty important, pretty cool.
"The motivation that comes with an Olympic year is an automatic. It's a given. You've wanted it your whole life. Every race you are fired up and ready to rock," Schaaf said. "The year after the Olympics, you're kind of floundering, looking for some inspiration, looking for a cause. Something like this, with the Susan G. Komen Foundation, it helps so much to give yourself some more purpose."
Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press
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